By News-Register staff • 

Cascadia Rising disaster exercise in progress through Friday


The Cascadia Rising functional disaster exercise is in progress at locations across Oregon as state, local, and federal partners test capabilities for responding to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

Yamhill County is heavily involved in the event.

The exercise scenario for today, day 1, saw a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami occur this morning. The exercise will continue through Friday, June 10.

As an emergency preparedness exercise that encompasses all aspects of emergency response, Cascadia Rising brings together multiple states (Oregon, Washington and Idaho) and FEMA to prepare for a Cascadia earthquake.

Major Oregon cities, 23 counties, nine tribal nations, 17 state agencies and departments, the American Red Cross and two private sector partner organizations are participating.

Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers at all levels of government will activate to coordinate simulated field response operations within their jurisdictions and with neighboring communities, state emergency operations and coordination centers, FEMA and a variety of military resources.